Champaign County, Illinois
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Louise Wade

VILLA GROVE - Louise Wade, 81, of Urbana, formerly of Villa Grove, died Friday (April 14, 1995) in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove, with visitation noon until service time. Burial will be in Villa Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Wade was born Jan. 3, 1914, in Villa Grove, the daughter of John and Exie Durnil Beccue. She married Carl Wade on Nov. 10, 1936, in Peoria. He preceded her in death in November 1976. Surviving are her 3 sons,2 daughters, 1 brother,2 sisters and, 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. [Herald & Review (Decatur, IL), April 15, 1995; Sub. by C.H. "Survivor information omitted for privacy"]

The Funeral of Mr. A. E. Ward
Remains taken to Rantoul this afternoon for burial
The funeral of the late A. E. Ward of the grain firm of Sale & Ward, who died at his home on West Columbia Ave. Tuesday morning occurred at 1:00 this afternoon. An impressive service was conducted by Rev. George E. Scrimger, Pastor of the First Methodist Church and the lodge of Elks of which Mr. Ward was a member, attended the service in a body. The remains accompanied by a large party of relatives and friends were taken to Rantoul on the 2:20 Central train, burial being in the Rantoul Cemetery, Mr. Ward having spent the greater part of his life in that part of the county.
["Champaign Urbana News Gazette", May 30, 1900... Contributed by Barb Moksnes]

Kate Ward Dies at Hospital
Judge Freeman today was officially notified of the death of at the Kankakee Hospital for the Insane of Mrs. Kate Ward, a patient committed from this county. ["Urbana Daily Courier" January 15, 1919... Contributed by Barb Moksnes]

Lou Ella Wheeler
Mrs. John C. Wheeler passed to her reward on January 5 at her home in this city after a long and protracted illness.  Mrs. Wheeler had been ill for some time and suffered greatly but with great patience.  The death was not unexpected.  The funeral was held at 10:30 o'clock the morning of January 6, Rev. G.H. Carl officiating.  The interment was at Riverside cemetery.
Lou Ella, the youngest daughter of Isaac and Mary McDowell was born May 29, 1875, near Fisher, in Champaign county, Illinois.  She was married on February 9, 1898 to Edward L. Mount at Rantoul, Ill.  To this union was born one son, Lloyd.  Mr Mount died on October 1, 1899.  In October 1905, Mrs. Mount and Mrs. John C. Wheeler of Fisher, Illinois, were married.  Besides Mr. Wheeler and the son Lloyd, Mrs. Wheeler is survived by a daughter Anna and a son Willard.  Other relatives surviving are Clarence McDowell of Cedar street, this city, Annie Putman and Mrs. Carrie Putman of Dewey, Illinois.  Mrs. Wheeler lost her mother when but 6 years of age and her father in 1902.
Mrs. Wheeler was a member of the Christian church of this city.  She had at one time belonged to the Methodist church but had changed her affiliation.  She appreciated greatly the kindness of her neighbors in her last illness.  Her suffering was long and the end came as a pleasant relief.  [Alma Record. (Alma, Mich.), 12 Jan. 1911]

Death of A. H. Whitcomb.
Many of our citizens remember A. H. Whitcomb, who used to be here, a partner of W. R. Hill, in the real estate business. He was killed at Champaign, Illinois, some time ago. We have not the particulars of the killing, but we copy a special to the Inter-Ocean, dated August 14:
A. H. Whitcomb, who was disemboweled here in such a shocking manner, on last Monday by his business partner, Capt. J. M. Tracy, lingered along, surprisingly, but died this morning at one o'clock. This intensified the already intense excitement in the community.
Whitcomb's wife arrived from Kansas yesterday, not knowing the worst, and when told at the cars that her husband must die, broke down and went into a swoon. Whitcomb made a sworn statement, in view of death, that Tracy called him upstairs, first struck him with a piece of canon ball, and then in the closing struggle cut him with a knife. The knife had been freshly sharpened. These facts, together with frequent threats, alleged to have been made by Tracy, that he would kill Whitcomb, produced a strong feeling against Tracy, who is now in jail, and reported to be badly broken down. It is thought Tracy's wife will become insane. Whitcomb will be buried at ten o'clock tomorrow. [Source: "Hutchinson News" Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas; Thursday, August 28, 1879, page - 3 *** column - 3 -- Sub. by Rose Stout]

Mr. Isaiah Wright
Mr. Isaiah Wright,one of the oldest citizens of St. Joseph, died this morning at 8 o'clock. Mr. Wright was a native of North Carolina. He moved to Indiana in an early day and built the first log house in what is now the city of Greencastle, in that state. He has lived in this part of Champaign Co for thirty years or more. He filled the office of Justice of the peace for a long time after the organization of St. Joseph township. He was respected by all. We don't think there was a more honest man in the township than father Wright. He was in his 86th year at the time of his death. July 9, 1877 [Champaign Co. Gazette July 11, 1877, page 4]



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